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Quote Scott Replybullet Posted: 14 Jan 2007 at 6:51pm
One thing that I have noticed is that people start acting like the people they are around a lot... and not even on purpose.   There are so many hispanics here in Houston that I am even starting to get a hispanic accent when I say certain things!
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Quote Irie Replybullet Posted: 15 Jan 2007 at 7:19pm
Yep, the West Indian Culture of Civility, among other things has been trashed. There really have been very few credible attempts to save the culture from my perspective. I have lived in St Lucia and USVI for the last 43 years so I have seen some change.
In the 60's a car wouldn't pass without you hearing "Need a drop?".
In my opinion the answer for many areas was to have the will or have a way to control immigration but that horse is loose and gone.
 
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Quote Alize Replybullet Posted: 16 Jan 2007 at 6:15am
Originally posted by Scott

One thing that I have noticed is that people start acting like the people they are around a lot... and not even on purpose.   There are so many hispanics here in Houston that I am even starting to get a hispanic accent when I say certain things!



this is so true...I tend to speak or sound like the people around me, especially Jamaicans, Bajans, some Southernerns and Hispanic folks(but in a broken english not spanish)
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Quote weezie Replybullet Posted: 16 Jan 2007 at 9:57am
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One thing that I have noticed is that people start acting like the people they are around a lot... and not even on purpose.   There are so many hispanics here in Houston that I am even starting to get a hispanic accent when I say certain things!

Isn't that how we identify groups (by their accents)...
We mimick each other to assure understanding...Tone and tune is very important when speaking languages...
I remember when I came to US I would see my cousins 'rolling'LOL while watching TV...Even though I understood English I could not get the joke (could not get the accent or the punch)...
Until one day (don't know when) I discovered that I could detect the different American accents...
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Quote sandra Replybullet Posted: 16 Jan 2007 at 10:14am
I can only detect the Southern accents. All the others sound alike. I can't even tell the difference between Canadian and American accent.
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Quote weezie Replybullet Posted: 18 Jan 2007 at 12:02pm
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Regarding our children (born abroad) with 'no village manners'...

Unfortunately, the first instructions they receive(for their own safety) is to 'beware of strangers' and 'mind your own business'...
We can't have it both ways Wink

I remember a roommate from Guyana Smile, she helped an old lady cross the boulevard and when she check her coat pocket her wallet was gone...Then she remember how the 'old lady' was tugging at her coat and even ask to switch sides while she helped her across the street.
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My brother came here very young with a college scholarship; nobody explained about racial issues, while they set him up in a white neighborhood...One day he was boarding the elevator and stop to help a white old lady with her shopping cart...Big mistake!
He said he will never forget the scandal; the woman screamed and collapsed; they called the police and the school had to reconfirm that he was a student living there...
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Quote Irie Replybullet Posted: 19 Jan 2007 at 7:56am
1. I cannot speak with an accent on command. I have to be complety relaxed or completely pissed off and be in company of West Indians.

2. I have a Lucian friend who said he knew absolutely nothing about discrimination til he was in his mid 20's and people he met in USVI told him about it.

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Quote Duck Sauce Replybullet Posted: 19 Jan 2007 at 8:38am
Luckily its not quite as bad as it used to be, although there are still plenty of people (usually older) with the old racial midset.
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Quote Alize Replybullet Posted: 20 Jan 2007 at 11:25am
One too must realize that some people never left the area they were born and brought up in. Therefore, they would appear to be mind set in their ways, upbringings and cultural awareness as they were led to believe.
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Quote Scott Replybullet Posted: 20 Jan 2007 at 6:03pm
True.  I am always amazed at such people who have never left their town and never want to.  But perhaps that is the explorer in me talking.
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